Back when Patti Smith and her group were recording their third studio album, Easter, with producer Jimmy Iovine, her paths crossed with Bruce Springsteen who was in the same studio recording his highly regarded album Darkness on the Edge of Town. From this happenstance was born a little ditty called “Because The Night” which is credited as being co-written by the two stars – “A Bruce and Patti Smith Presentation” as Patti claims at the end of this classic video of the song, taped for German T.V. (see below). However, after Patti filled in some lyrical blanks and released her take on “Because The Night,” it eventually led to the commercial breakthrough of the song which climbed the Billboard charts to #13 in 1978. While it doesn’t define her long and prosperous career there is no doubt that it has a strong, memorable presence that continues to inspire musicians and listeners today. Most recently, in 2013, Garbage and Screaming Females collaborated on a stellar cover of the hit both live and for Record Store Day.
Patti Smith, beloved Godmother of Punk, commanded the utmost respect and attention from listeners, back in her early heyday and today. She remains a contemporary influence but comes from a past that is pure Vintage Gold. Check out this Patti Smith video of her ’78 classic “Because The Night!”
“Come on now try and understand, the way I feel under your command” ~ “Because The Night” by Patti Smith
Patti Smith has two upcoming Los Angeles dates at The Theatre at Ace Hotel this January 29 and 30! Scroll down to purchase your tickets!
Garbage & Screaming Females – “Because The Night”‘
Patti Smith 2015 North American Tour Dates
01-19 Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre
01-20 Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
01-23 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
01-24 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
01-26 Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theatre
01-27 Santa Barbara, CA – Granada Theatre
01-29 Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel – GET TICKETS!
01-30 Los Angeles, CA – The Theatre at Ace Hotel – GET TICKETS!
01-31 San Diego, CA – Balboa Theatre